Three Stoke-on-Trent MPs react to High Court Brexit ruling


Three Stoke-on-Trent MPs spoke out exclusively today after a High Court ruling threw Brexit into chaos.

Tristram Hunt, Ruth Smeeth and Rob Flello reacted to the decision which ruled that Parliament now has to decide the fate of  the UK in the European Union.

The sensational judgement means Prime Minister Theresa May does not have the right to trigger Article 50 without involving MPs.

StaffsLive spoke exclusively to Stoke-on-Trent’s three MPs about the ruling.

All three Stoke-on-Trent constituencies voted to leave in the Brexit referendum, with a majority of 69.4% – the 15th highest in the country.

Ruth Smeeth, Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent North, said: “I’ll be voting for us to move to Article 50.

“The general public, especially in Stoke-on-Trent, sent a very clear message with some parts of my constituency voting 80/20 to leave.

“My whole priority and focus is how we can make it work.”

Robert Flello, Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent South, echoed Ms Smeeth’s devotion to his constituency.

“I don’t have a problem with the court’s decision because the whole of the issue around Brexit was that people wanted Parliament to have a greater say.

“I don’t think we can fight the referendum and go back over old ground.

“I campaigned to remain but I now recognise that, certainly in Stoke-on-Trent, the vast majority of people wanted to exit.

“The duty of people like me is to get the best possible deal for cities like Stoke-on-Trent.”

Theresa May told European leaders that this will not set back her plan to start Brexit talks in March 2017.

Tristram Hunt, MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central, and former Shadow Education Minister, said: “We are entering very choppy times.

“My fear with Brexit vote is going from the United Kingdom with a seat at the Security Council and part of the single market to perhaps just England, outside the single market with no seat at the top table and the threat of a diminished Britain in the world.”

The three MPs were speaking during a visit to Hanley YMCA, where they were taking part in a community meal event.

The Government has confirmed it will challenge the ruling at the Supreme Court in December.

(Additional reporting by Julie-Anne Slevin)


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